Port Maputo in Mozambique announced that it reached 21 million tonnes in 2019, surpassing its 2018 record and achieving an 8% growth. The port expects that in 2020 will see more growth and increased cargo handling efficiency.
Specifically, the 8% increase was mainly caused by chrome handling and a substantial growth in container handling and magnetite.
From the overall volumes handled, chrome was responsible for the 30%, while 6.4 million of this cargo were transported by road and 82% of the total chrome by port.
Moreover, port of Maputo collaborated with Mozambican rail company CFM and South-African rail company TFR, which improved the port’s handling efficiency and provided a balance between road and rail.
According to the port’s statement, following the container terminal expansion the container traffic increased by 53% with regards to 2018, handling 162.000 TEUs.
Eyeing 2020, the port will complete the berth rehabilitation project, with the first phase being delivered in may 2020 and the second in July 2020, and expects an additional growth and increased efficiency in cargo handling operations. The rehabilitation project is expected to improve the occupancy rate of berths by creating a larger mooring area.
New handling equipment, including two new mobile harbour cranes, payloaders, tractors and rail excavators played their role to the 2019 bulk cargo handling results.
The port pays attention to younger people; That is why, during the berth rehabilitation project as well as on the maintenance channel dredging, the port employed engineering interns, young students who had the opportunity to actively participate in all stages of the works.
Concluding, back in 2019, the port launched the Porto+ employment project, when it employed 15 people with disabilities and positively influenced other Mozambican companies to consider implementation similar projects.
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